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Chioggia Beet Carpaccio

This Chioggia Beet Carpaccio with arugula and fresh goat’s cheese balls is such a beautiful and impressive starter. It’s bright and colourful and a real party for your eyes. The pink-white stripes of the chioggia beets contrast beautifully with the white goat’s cheese and green arugula. Due to the pickling the sturdy chioggia beets get a soft but still firm texture which creates a lovely bite in your mouth. The earthiness of the beets is transformed into a more subtle flavour, sweet, refreshing and tangy. The sweet, tangy flavour of the beets combines really well with the soft goat’s cheese, citrusy thyme and bitter arugula. Read More

Green Quinoa Salad

This light and refreshing Green Quinoa Salad combines the earthy and pungent flavours of the Middle-East with the freshness of green herbs. The fresh herb paste made with fresh parsley, dill and fresh mint and extra virgin olive oil is really the star of this dish. It transform the quinoa into something completely different. The bitter flavours of the fresh herbs, arugula and green onion sing in your mouth. For some sweetness I have added dried chopped apricots and I used a Za’atar spice mix to spice things up a little. Za’atar is a dried herb mix used in Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s a real party in your mouth. Read More

Kale Pomegranate Spelt Salad

This hearty Kale Pomegranate Spelt Salad is super delicious and combines three of my favourite ingredients: whole spelt berries, shredded Dinosaur kale and pomegranate seeds. This week I saw the first Dinosaur kale or cavolo nero back in stores again. In Europe, you can often find cavolo nero in stores from July to Januari. The crisp sweet pomegranate seeds are the perfect addition to this salad, the freshness of the pomegranate seeds works really well with the chewy spelt berries and hearty, slightly bitter taste of kale. Spelt is high in protein and fiber and has a lovely nutty flavour and chewy bite. Read More

Penne with Basil Almond Pesto

This Penne with Basil Almond Pesto is absolutely delicious. It’s just as great served warm as an evening meal or served cold as a summer pasta salad. It’s the perfect picnic grub or potluck dish. The roasted baby tomatoes and peppers add a phenomenal smoky-sweet flavour and refreshing touch to the pasta dish. The sweetness and freshness of the roasted tomatoes and peppers works really well with the nutty and herby pesto and hearty pasta. For Basil Almond Pesto, I have used roasted slivered almonds and salted ricotta or ricotta stagionata. For a dairy-free version, you can skip the ricotta and use more almonds instead.Read More

Pomegranate Bulgur Salad

This Pomegranate Bulgur Salad with salted ricotta is a tasty light meal for a summer evening, picnic or potluck. It’s not just a very delicious and refreshing meal on a hot summer evening but it’s also a party for the eye with all the bright colours and different textures. The snow-white colour of the salted ricotta strikingly stands out in the salad against the vivid green colour of the fresh herbs, the pink-red color of the pomegranate seeds and the light green colour of the cucumber and celery. In terms of flavour, the sweetness of the pomegranates and dates contrast beautifully with the salty crumbly, salty ricotta, and the nutty bulgur.Read More

Halloumi Apricot Spelt Salad

This Halloumi Apricot Spelt Salad with an Orange Chili Vinaigrette is a super delicious and refreshing salad. It can be served as a full meal or as a nice appetizer. The Orange Chili Vinaigrette is fresh, sweet and just a little spicy, which adds a lovely heat to the salad. Recently, I have grown really fond of halloumi cheese. Halloumi is a salty, brined cheese, often made with sheep or goats milk. It’s low-fat and really tastyRead More

Sticky Sweet Quinoa Salad

This Sticky Sweet Quinoa Salad with balsamic shallots is very simple in its use of ingredients but has so much depth of flavour. It’s also quick and easy to make. A fluffy bowl of quinoa is ready in less than 15 minutes. I added chickpeas from a can and, some chopped sweet pointed peppers and baby tomatoes. The shallots are cooked in balsamic vinegar with some coconut palm sugar until they become caramelised and sweet. The sweet, sticky shallots and the left-over syrup serve as a vinaigrette. It adds a beautiful sweet, intense flavour and also makes it more succulent. Read More

Mango Pico de Gallo

This Mango Pico de Gallo is clean and refreshing. It’s amazing with corn tortilla chips or tacos. I love the freshness of this fresh mango salsa. Mango, lime and cilantro are some of my favourite ingredients and they work so well together. The juicy and fragrant mango adds a lovely sweetness and adds to all the summer flavours. You can make this salsa ahead of time. By letting it rest, all the different flavours blend together and have time to develop. It’s so delicious! Take the Mango Pico de Gallo with you to the park for a picnic or a barbecue or serve it with homemade tacos.Read More

Fresh Tomato Salsa

This Fresh Tomato Salsa is tantalizingly refreshing and is amazing with corn tortilla chips or tacos. It’s based on a recipe for a fresh Mexican salad called Pico de Gallo. This recipe calls for wild baby tomatoes but you can use any tomato you like. I just love all the different colours flavours and textures of the wild tomatoes. It makes this salsa look even more bright and colourful. You can not go wrong with this recipe. It always tastes great and it takes very little time to make. Take it with you to the park for a picnic or barbecue or serve it with homemade tacos.Read More

Spicy Mango Rice Noodles

I love the clean and fresh flavours of these Spicy Mango Rice Noodles. It’s a light and refreshing dish and just perfect for these lovely warm summer days. I love all the different flavours and textures, the beautiful sweet mango, creamy avocado, peppery radishes, crunchy coconut flakes, fresh mint and cilantro. It’s fresh and flavourful and packed with nutrients. It’s fresh and flavourful and packed with nutrients. It contains healthy fats in the form of avocado and beta-carotene in the form of mango and chili. Read More

Ginger Honey Veggie Bowl

This Ginger Honey Veggie Bowl is simply a bowl of goodness. It’s pure and simple food that feeds your heart and soul. It’s what I crave coming home after a long, busy day. It makes me happy and helps me to restore my balance. Often when we feel tired, we crave the bad stuff, foods high in salt, fat or sugar. Junk food might give you a momentary high when you’re feeling low, but it depletes your body. As it places a huge burden on your digestion, it takes away energy. Energy you need to heal. This Ginger Honey Veggie Bowl nourishes your body so your body can devote its time to healing. Read More

Baby Spinach Pomegranate Salad

This Baby Spinach Pomegranate Salad is inspired by my recent trip to Athens. I was in Athens for the European Yogi Nomads event and we went to the most amazing restaurants. My most memorable dish was a delicious salad with baby spinach leaves, pomegranate and roasted almonds. I have tried to re-create my favourite salad at home. This time I couldn’t find baby spinach so I used lamb’s lettuce instead. Both spinach and lamb’s lettuce work really well in this salad.
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Harissa Lemon Chickpea Bowl

This super easy and quick Harissa Lemon Chickpea Bowl is delicious on a warm summer evening. It’s both spicy and refreshing and makes a great light evening meal or lunch dish. All the fresh ingredients, the cucumber, zucchini, lemon, cilantro, mint and parsley, add a clean, crisp taste. The Harissa dressing adds a sweet, smoky spiciness. If you don’t want to spend lots of time in the kitchen or have a big group of friends coming over, this is the perfect dish.Read More

Jerusalem Artichoke Lentil Salad

This warm Jerusalem Artichoke Lentil Salad is so delicious and very easy to make. I love adding Le Puy lentils to my salads. They have an earthy, delicate flavour and they hold their shape during cooking. They also combine really well with the earthy, nutty and slightly sweet flavour of the Jerusalem artichokes. I have roasted the Jerusalem artichokes in the oven which enhances their natural sweetness. The Mustard Honey Balsamic dressing is sweet and pungent, which is just perfect to balance of the earthiness of the lentils and Jerusalem artichokes. Read More

Persimmon Avocado Kale Salad

This refreshing and brightly coloured Persimmon Avocado Kale Salad is gorgeous, healthy and just perfect for the holidays. Persimmons are in season right now and I cannot get enough of them. The subtle sweetness of the persimmons works really well with the slight bitterness of the kale. I just love the fresh taste and feel of this salad: crispy pomegranates, refreshing persimmons, crunchy fennel, creamy avocado, fresh goat’s cheese and a zesty, slight sweet lemon-honey dressingRead More

Glutenfree Glory Bowl

This Glutenfree Glory Bowl is super healthy and super delicious. It’s meatless, gluten-free and jam-packed with goodness. This is a great way of getting your nutrients in. This bowl is packed with healthy veggies like beets, carrots and bok choy and nutrient-dense ingredients like almonds, sesame seeds, brown rice noodles, and apple cider vinegar. This Glutenfree Glory Bowl is inspired by one of the dishes they serve at my favorite beach spot Aloha Beach in Wijk aan Zee.Read More

Fig and Fennel Rocket Salad

This Fig and Fennel Rocket Salad is simple but delicious. This salad is inspired by one of my new favourite breakfast, brunch and lunch place in town, Bakers and Roasters. It’s a cosy place in district de Pijp which serves wholesome breakfasts, excellent coffee, delicious salads, home-made pies and beautiful juices. Last time we went there they served a simple fig salad. I love simple food; it’s the ingredients that matter. And if you use beautiful fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, you can’t go wrong. Read More

Cannellini Bean Wild Rice Salad

This Cannellini Bean Wild Rice Salad with sweet corn, tomato and guacamole is inspired by Mexican food but with some Italian twists. I have used typical Italian ingredients such as homemade oven-roasted tomatoes, cannellini beans, Italian tomato paste, lemon, balsamic vinegar and basil leaves. I have used them in typical Mexican dishes like guacamole and corn salad. We enjoyed cannellini beans in many dishes during our trip to Italy. Very popular in Tuscany, they are widely used in soups and saladsRead More

Farro and Pearl Barley Salad

This recipe for ‘Insalata di farro e orzo’, Emmer and Pearl Barley Salad, is inspired by my trip to Umbria. The big flavors in this recipe come from using beautiful fresh This recipe for ‘Insalata di farro e orzo’, Emmer and Pearl Barley Salad, is inspired by my trip to Umbria. The big flavors in this recipe come from using beautiful fresh ingredients such as ripe and juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, a good quality moist mozzarella and a slow pressed extra virgin olive oil. Read More

Watermelon Mint Feta Salad

Summer is here! This Watermelon Mint Feta Salad celebrates summer and is really refreshing on a hot day. I love the salty-sweet combination of the watermelon and feta with the crisp mint and the slightly bitter baby Swiss chard. I used fresh lemon and a beautiful cold-pressed extra virgin olive and drizzled it generously on top. The olive oil mixed in with the juices of the watermelon and lemon is absolutely delicious. If you eat it with some fresh bread, you can use the bread to soak up all the leftover juices.Read More

Pickled Beet Carpaccio with Feta

This Pickled Beet Carpaccio with Feta celebrates the beauty of seasonal produce. It’s a beautiful fresh summer salad that is can be enjoyed on its own or with some slices of nut or olive bread. Pickling is a great way to ‘cook’ your vegetables while preserving most of the nutrients in the vegetables. Pickled vegetables are also more easily digested than raw vegetables and are a great way to eat ‘raw’ when you have issues digesting raw food. Read More

Roasted Eggplant Pomegranate Dip

This Roasted Eggplant Pomegranate Dip is absolutely delicious. It has a refreshing summer flavour. Recently I got inspired to cook more Middle Eastern-style food by Ottolenghi’s amazing cookbook Plenty. I love everything eggplant, especially when roasted or grilled. That lovely soft, buttery texture and that beautiful smoky, sweet flavour. I love the combination of flavours in this Roasted Eggplant Pomegranate Dip. It’s great with a simple green salad or some fresh home-made bread. Read More

Cilantro Lime Hummus

This Cilantro Lime Hummus is zesty and refreshing. The lime and cilantro (coriander) add a lovely freshness and the chili adds a bit of heat. Hummus is great on its own but I love eating it with a nice salad or on some gluten-free crackers as a quick and easy snack. It’s also a great party dip for fresh veggies, like bell pepper, celery and baby tomatoes. It’s a great dip for tortilla chips too. I love to serve this when I have lots of friends coming over and I am serving food mezze-style in small plates. Enjoying food is all about sharing it with family and friends. Read More

Pomegranate Figs Goat Cheese Salad

I love this Pomegranate Figs Goat Cheese Salad and I love fig season! Today I saw the first Italian figs of the season in my local organic store and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and make this salad. I love fresh figs. I think they are about my favorite fruit in the world. Fresh figs are great on their own but I love combining them with a soft goat’s cheese. In this recipe I used a beautiful French Goat’s cheese with truffles from the Perigord. Read More

Fresh Garden Herb Salad

This Fresh Garden Herb Salad literally brings you close to the source and gives you a taste of the season. It’s brilliant in its simplicity. You cannot go wrong with it. Simply use fresh, local and seasonal produce or even better your homegrown herbs and salad leaves. I must admit that I bought some of my salad ingredients at our local organic shop but some it was grown right here in my home. Read More

Mixed Italian Salad

This Mixed Italian Salad celebrates the beauty of pure flavors and fresh produce. As I am planning a trip to Italy soon, I have become slightly obsessed with cooking Italian food. My cabinets are stocked with items like polenta, risotto rice, tomato passata, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, buffalo mozzarella and lots of fresh vegetables that remind me of Italy. Read More

Wild Tomato Asparagus Salad

This Wild Tomato Asparagus Salad reminds me of Italian summers and celebrates the sweet deliciousness of wild tomatoes and freshness of clean green asparagus. The crunchy green asparagus stalks combine really well with the sweetness of the oven-roasted wild tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. The tangy, slightly bitter taste of the arugula adds an extra bite and balances off the sweetness of the roasted tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Read More

Grapefruit Fennel Arugula Salad

This Grapefruit Fennel Arugula Salad is the perfect summer salad. This Grapefruit Fennel Arugula Salad is so refreshing and combines all the flavours I love: the sweetness of fennel and honey, the delicate bitterness of arugula, the powerful spiciness of mustard, the creamy nuttiness of pine seeds and the freshness of grapefruit and mint.Read More

Mango Avocado Bean Salad

This Mango Avocado Bean Salad is a bit of summer on your plate. It is fresh, simple, colorful and has a nice crunchy texture. I love the combination of sweet mango, spicy chili and creamy avocado. I remember having tasted this combination of flavors before when I was on a yoga retreat in Bali. This dish takes me back down memory lane. Read More

Sauerkraut Cranberry Apple Salad

This Sauerkraut Cranberry Apple Salad is super healthy and supports your gut health. I love fermented foods and believe its an important aspect of our diet. Fermented foods, like sauerkraut and atjar, are rich in enzymes and healthy bacteria that support digestive health. Our digestive system is at the core of our being and the foundation of our health. Read More

Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad

This Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad with grilled eggplant, zucchini and bell pepper is a quick, easy and super tasty meal. It will take you no longer than 15 minutes to have a bowl of this salad ready. I love making salads with quinoa. When the quinoa still has a bite to it, it makes a great salad ingredient. Quinoa is a great pseudo grain to include on a gluten-free diet. It’s also rich in essential amino-acids such as lysine and isoleucine. Read More

Fennel Avocado Chickpea Salad

This Fennel Avocado Chickpea Salad contains the best of everything. Essential Fatty Acids in the form of hemp oil, tahini and avocado. High-quality protein the form of quinoa and chickpeas and an alkalinity boost from the fennel, lemon, red cabbage, raw coconut vinegar, fresh mint, parsley and alfalfa. I love using Raw Coconut Vinegar in my salads. It supposedly has even more healing effects than raw apple cider vinegar as it is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. The naturally occurring acids found in raw coconut provide the body with essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium.Read More

Hearty Winter Salad

This Hearty Winter Salad with radicchio, pumpkin oil and walnuts is great on a cold winter day. Although it’s almost spring, winter greens such as radicchio are still in season. Radicchio is one of my favorite winter greens. Hearty, slightly bitter radicchio and sweet refreshing romaine lettuce are combined with walnuts, celery and pomegranate seeds. The pomegranate and celery add crunch and freshness. The Date Balsamic vinegar softens the bite of radicchio and walnuts. Pumpkin seed oil makes a great winter salad dressing with its nutty flavor. It works surprisingly well with the sweet Date Balsamic Vinegar. This is one the best salads I have had in a long time. Enjoy!Read More

Apple Radish Arugula Salad

This Apple Radish Arugula Salad is very refreshing. It is a simple dish with clean flavors and a nice crunchy texture. I love the fact that this Apple Radish Arugula Salad is not only healthy and tasty but very pretty too with all those different textures and colors. There’s something really pretty about radishes with their white, almost translucent interior and bright-red margin, but did you know that they are super-healthy too? Radishes are surprisingly rich in vitamin C which supports your immune system and the antioxidants in radishes can help fight free radical damage. Radishes, thinly sliced, are a great addition to any salad and can help you to get your daily healthy dose of vitamin C in. Read More

Quinoa Mint Lemon Tabouleh

This Quinoa Mint Lemon Tabouleh is a so delicious and it is very easy to make. I love the simplicity of its flavours, I often don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen but at the same time it is important to me to feed myself well in order to maintain my busy and active lifestyle. I also don’t want to lose out on flavour. I love eating good food. Food that feeds my body and nourishes my soul. Most of my recipes are therefore not only quick and easy to make; they are super healthy and deliciou too. You’ll have this lovely refreshing bowl of Quinoa Mint Lemon Tabouleh ready under 15 minutes.Read More

Red Power Salad

My lunch today at de Ysbreeker inspired me to create a new recipe based on the principle of red power, a Red Power Salad with red quinoa, red cabbage, red beets, pomegranate seeds and cranberries. When it comes to health, the colours on your plate matter. Phytonutrients, also known as phytochemicals, are the nutrients often concentrated in the skins of fruits and vegetables, that are responsible for their color. This salad focuses on the antioxidant power of the red/purple family of phytonutrients,which have been found to protect against heart disease and even cancer.Read More

Super Power Bowl

This Super Power Bowl nourishes your body on many levels. Ever wondered what to eat after a long work-out ? Well, this is it. Recently, I have gotten into the habit of doing endurance work-outs on a rowing machine. I have noticed that I need to feed myself differently than after my usual yoga practice. Right after my work-out I drink some coconut juice to rehydrate. And then about 1 hour after my work-out I have what I call my Super Power Bowl. It contains everything you need to boost your recovery and your performance as an athlete. Read More

Beet Apple Mint Salad

This Beet Apple Mint Salad is a brightly coloured, fresh and super-nutritious salad. I use a lot of raw beets in my cooking and juices. Raw beets have endless health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, decreasing inflammation and supporting women’s health. But did you know that beets can even help boost athletic performance? Apparently beets can help increase endurance and reduce fatigue by helping the body to burn oxygen more slowly.Read More

Beluga Lentil Goat Cheese Salad

This Beluga Lentil Goat Cheese Salad is delicious in its simplicity. Over the years I have fallen in love with lentils. I love a good Dahl or lentil soup. There’s something heart-warming and nourishing about lentils. They are also great sources of protein, especially if you are on a vegetarian or vegan diet. rarely eat cheese as I try to avoid dairy but when I do I make sure I enjoy it. You can enjoy this Beluga Lentil Goat Cheese Salad on its own as I often do or as a side-dish to a larger meal or salad.Read More

Quinoa Zucchini Raisin Salad

This Quinoa Zucchini Raisin Salad is light and refreshing. It has only a few ingredients and it’s very quick and easy to make. You’ll have it on your table in less than twenty minutes. I love the fresh and clean flavours of the raw crispy zucchini, fresh herbs and lemon-honey dressing. The lemon juice and zest infuse the whole dish with a wonderful tangy flavor. The honey and succulent raisins add a beautiful sweetness. If you are looking for a light and easy-to-digest meal, this Quinoa Zucchini Raisin Salad is the perfect dish for you. It’s great for lunch or to bring along on a picnic. Read More

Endive Blood Orange Salad

This Endive Blood Orange Salad is pure simplicity. The ingredients speak for themselves. I love blood oranges and couldn’t resist buying a whole bunch of them at the local market last weekend. The ones I bought were very sweet and dark red. Their intense flavor and sweetness pair really well with bitter flavors, such as Belgian endives, hemp oil and walnuts. The date balsamic adds another layer of sweetness to this dish. If you enjoy delicious and fresh flavors on your plate, this is going to be one of your favorite salads. Read More

Quinoa With Sweet Potato

This delicious quinoa salad with sweet potato, avocado and walnuts is super-healthy and gives you the fuel you need for an active lifestyle. The three main ingredients -quinoa, sweet potatoes and avocado- are low-glycemic and can help regulate blood sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, sweet potatoes are great as they satisfy your sweet cravings without spiking your blood sugar. This dish will give you a slow release of energy and is exactly what your body needs if you have a lot of work ahead of you or are planning a work-out later on in the day.Read More

Mediterranean Dinosaur Kale Salad

This simple recipe for Mediterranean Dinosaur Kale Salad combines the flavors of the Mediterranean with the super food power of kale. I am a big fan of Dinosaur kale and we eat it at least twice a week at our home. It’s such a simple pure ingredient, easy to prepare and has so many great health benefits. Kale has been called a nutritional power house for a reason. It’s high in vitamins (K, C and A), packed with powerful antioxidants and a powerful anti-inflammatory food and there’s so much more. Read More

Free Christmas E-book For You!

I have created an e-book with delicious and healthy Christmas recipes. The holidays are a typical time of the year where we tend to 
overindulge at our meals. If you are anything like me, you love to eat 
delicious food. Food to drool over, to enjoy and share with family and friends. I have come up with seven different holiday recipes with tantalizing flavors that are high in nutrients and insanely delicous. All recipes in this menu are gluten-free, vegetarian and dairy-free (optional).Read More

Three Beet Salad With Fennel

This Three Beet Salad With Fennel is simply delicious but what makes my heart beat even more is that it’s so brightly colored. Lots of color on a plate does not only mean it’s high in flavor but it’s high and diverse in nutrients too. The different types of beets in this salad make it vibrant, colorful, and very healthy. From now on consider each meal you prepare as a work of art. Color your plate to get the nutrients you need!Read More

Fennel Apple Avocado Salad

Want to surprise your taste buds with a ridiculously simple but insanely deliciously salad? This Fennel Apple Avocado salad is one of my favorites. The fennel is sweet, crunchy and refreshing and combines well with tartness of the apple and thick creaminess of the avocado. It makes a great side-dish for a heavier entree or you can enjoy it on its own. Read More